Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #4, Brooklyn Bruisers #5
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Format: eBook, Novel
As soon as I met Zara in Bittersweet, I knew that she was a character that I was going to love. The fact that I’ve also been reading the Brooklyn Bruisers series and that this book dovetails nicely into that… I have been incredibly keen to read this story. Zara was just as tough and prickly as I had hoped, her romantic counterpart a soft squishy mess of a man.
One of my favourite things about this story was the fact that although Zara becomes a lot her, she doesn’t suddenly become all soft and squishy. She doesn’t lose her sense of self. Alright, she does soften out some of her edges (as we all should), but she’s still pretty prickly and tough. I’m a new mother, and although I’ve mellowed in many ways, I’m still the tough, pain in the arse I was before getting pregnant.
I’ve read a few romances with the secret child suddenly found trope (I’m sure there’s a shorter way to say this, but anyway). But this is the first one that the whole secret child aspect wasn’t actually a decision. Rather, Zara does everything she can to find Dave. It’s just accident and happenstance that makes for the calamities that lead to Dave missing out on the beginnings of his child’s life. In fact, I loved how there was no real bad feelings throughout any of their relationship. Rather the hurdles to overcome were about trust and actually finding one another again.
Bountiful is ridiculously sweet and cute. Although, to distract a little from the cuteness is all of the steamy set. I mean, wow, does Bowen know how to write a scene that will make a girl’s toes curl. Zara and Dave’s chemistry just roars off the page and left me smiling very, very happily. Yet again, I can’t wait to dive into the next books in these two-overlapping series.